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New Release: The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro

The Photographer's Guide to HDR Efex Pro, by Jason P. Odell & Tony Sweet

A few months ago, I was sitting with Tony Sweet, discussing the joys of teaching photography classes, when the topic turned to HDR photography.  Tony and I had both been beta-testing a new plug-in from Nik Software for performing HDR tone-mapping, and quite frankly we were excited about this new product.  There are a lot of good tone-mapping options out there for HDR, but with Nik’s HDR Efex Pro, photographers have some significant processing advantages.  Continue reading New Release: The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro

Coming Soon: The Photographer’s Guide to Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro

Coming Soon from Luminescence of Nature Press

For the past few months, I’ve been hard at work collaborating with my good friend (and awesome photographer) Tony Sweet on a new eBook guide to Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro.  For those of you who haven’t tried it yet, this new Nik plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture makes creating HDR images really easy.  We even describe how you can use HDR Efex Pro as a stand-alone application– useful if you use a RAW converter like Nikon’s Capture NX2.

Obviously, we not only provide readers with thorough explanations of every tool and control in HDR Efex Pro, but we also spend a lot of time explaining how and why each tool should be used.  Tony and I provide lots of example images, and we spent several weeks creating a set of fourteen custom HDR presets that will be included with the eBook.

The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro will be available soon, exclusively from Luminescence of Nature Press.  To be notified of the release date, sign up for my email newsletter at

Cyber Monday Specials from Luminescence of Nature™ Press

From now through Monday, November 29th, you can save 20% off your entire purchase from Luminescence of Nature™ Press.  Use coupon code cyber2010 at checkout to get your discount on my eBooks and training videos, including:

New eBook Released!

The Photographer's Guide to Digital Landscapes

I’m pleased to announce the release of my newest eBook, The Photographer’s Guide to Digital Landscapes.  I wrote this book to provide photographers with a modern-day assessment of the fundamental techniques for capturing fabulous landscape images.  Of course, some of these techniques apply to everyday photography, too.  I’ve got a lot of books on landscape photography, and they are all very good.  But many of the “classics” don’t have anything to say about modern DSLR photography– even the books that say “updated for digital.”

So, I present to you, The Photographer’s Guide to Digital Landscapes.  A three-part book that covers:

  • Equipment
  • Field techniques
  • Digital post-processing

Thanks for looking!


Odell’s guide to Nik Silver Efex Pro a hit with photographers

Kudos keep coming in for Jason Odell’s newest interactive PDF book, The Photographer’s Guide to Silver Efex Pro.
“The Photographer’s Guide to Silver Efex Pro” is a must- read for any photographer interested in converting images to black and white. Jason wrings out the software in a logical and lucid way, making one aware of the tremendous power of Silver Efex Pro and how to get the very most out of it. Another winning eBook from Jason Odell! Highly recommended.”  –Tony Sweet, Nikon “Legend behind the Lens”
“Your book is absolutely superb. I have been using Silver Efex since it came out. Your book is exactly what I have needed for better understanding it.”– Jack Larson
“I have been doing traditional darkroom work for over 60 years and got Silver Efex as it seemed very familar with my background and experience. However, as a computer and software user my eyes glaze over “a lot”; so far your ebook has been easy to follow.  I must have at least 6 books on Photoshop… along with some other videos, etc. but everytime I open one to use a technique it is always a struggle; not so with your tutorial on Silver Efex.”– Ann Clancy
“The new book is awesome! Just bought it today. Thanks again!”— Michael Salerno
“Thank you for this wonderful book. I’m only on page 48, but what I’ve learned is considerable, even though I’ve used SEP for some time now.”– Guy Perkins
The Photographer’s Guide to Silver Efex Pro is available from Luminescence of Nature Press